This is Photojournalist Fred G. Haseney with his eye on scientology. This previously unpublished blog represents a visit I made to the Anthony Building owned by the pseudo-church of scientology to house members of the Sea Organization (“SO”), their pseudo-navy. The location of the facility, 5165 Fountain Ave., is a few blocks west of the Pacific Area Command Base (“PAC Base” or “Big Blue”), scientology’s West Coast headquarters in Los Angeles, California.

I used to live a couple of blocks north of this location and visited it once before (“Scientology After Going Clear—Los Angeles Field Operations—April 16, 2015“) after reading about scientology’s underhanded attempt to fool director and former scientologist, Paul Haggis, into conducting an interview (“Scientology Spy Caught Trying to Interview Paul Haggis as Fake ‘Time’ Magazine Reporter“). During that visit, a SO member told me to stop taking their pictures. To take pictures from a sidewalk is alright and perfectly legal (as long as you’re not peeking in a bathroom or bedroom window, that is), so I kept taking pictures. “Maybe next time someone objects you taking photos,” a “Bunkerite” at Tony Ortega’s Underground Bunker once wrote, “you can say that this is the only way some of their families will know where they are.”

Today’s photographs present SO members as they prepare to face another “Thursday Before 2:00 PM” (scientology’s work week ends at 2:00 PM every Thursday). I took the pictures in the 8:00 AM hour; they’ve just awakened and have not yet had breakfast. I don’t think food service is provided at the Anthony; they’ll have to go to the “galley” at PAC Base for that. (As a SO member in the late 1970’s, I served food to fellow SO members three times a day at PAC Base.) As I took these pictures, I leaned against a garden wall in front of an apartment complex just east of the Anthony.

Where does this report fit into the scheme of things? It took place between blogs I did on April 20, 2016 (“When the Results of Scientology’s OCA Personality Test Go Bad“) and April 25 (“Reconnecting the Disconnected and Declared: Lockdown at PAC Base!“).

Today’s blog is dedicated to Emily and Mike, the adult children of former scientologists Phil and Willie Jones. Emily and Mike are trapped in the SO, and Phil and Willie have demonstrated (figuratively and literally) the love they have for them—offspring who have disconnected from their parents. Why do scientologists adhere to the toxic practice of “disconnection”? Because scientology watches you closely: if you question their methods or practices, scientology will determine that you are an “enemy,” and then declare you a “Suppressive Person” (“SP”). If you’re a scientologist in good standing (that is, someone actively doing scientology training and auditing), you can not continue scientology and stay connected to an SP.

Phil and Willie Jones are the masterminds behind billboards dedicated to their children (“To my loved one in scientology… call me”), one of which went up recently in Los Angeles near PAC Base and Scientology Media Productions (“SMP”).

This is blog #187.

Photo #1 Caption: This is the Anthony Building, located at 5165 Fountain Ave., in Los Angeles, California. It is within walking distance of a major street intersection (Sunset Blvd./Normandie Ave.); PAC Base is near the next major intersection to the east (Sunset Blvd./Vermont Ave), which is also a hotbed of scientology Body Routers.

Photo #2 Caption: Here we see a bespectacled Sea Org member as she walks east along Fountain Avenue. All of the Sea Org members in today’s blog are walking toward PAC Base from the Anthony Bldg.

Photo #3 Caption: Another bespectacled woman is seen carrying a blue purse and a coat. Her belt buckle has the “Sea Org” logo on it.

Photo #4 Caption: In this picture (courtesy “Techie” from Tony Ortega’s Underground Bunker), we read: “Sea Org Insignia for rank and rating”; “Part of the tradition of the Sea Org is the insignia worn by Officers and Petty Officers to identify them as to their rank or rating. The table below, taken from Flag Order 3820, clarifies the insignia to be worn by each rank and rating.” In today’s photos, insignia of some kind or another—including “Collar Bars (for shirt collar)” as noted in this chart—can be seen in photos 3, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 (in the picture on the right), 15 (in both photos in that composite) and 16.

Photo #5 Caption: In this photo, a woman adjusts her name tag, something which the morning sun prevented me from getting a good shot of.

Photo #6 Caption: Here we see a woman as she carries a bag, coat and a bottle of water. Her belt buckle has the “Sea Org” logo on it.

Photo #7 Caption: In the photo on the left, a woman sings quietly to herself. In the other picture, taken a few moments later, she has noticed me.

Photo #8 Caption: A young lady carries a large bottle of water on her way to post, gearing up for another “Thursday Before 2:00 PM.”

Photo #9 Caption: In the picture on the left, we see a young woman as she checks her watch. She’s listening to something through earphones that are connected to an electronic device that she holds in her right hand. The scarf that she wears has the “Sea Org” logo on it.

Photo #10 Caption: I’ve seen this young man at the Information Center on Hollywood Blvd., where he wears the hat, I believe, of Body Router.

Photo #11 Caption: In this composite, the woman didn’t notice me in the picture on the left, but she did a few moments later as seen in the picture on the right. Again, the rising run blocked a good capture of a Sea Org member’s name tag.

Photo #12 Caption: As this older man prepared to board a motorcycle, I shot these composite photos. Notice the alien (Xenu?) head mounted on the motorcycle near its left mirror.

Photo #13 Caption: In this composite, the “Sea Org” symbol is quite noticeable in the woman’s scarf.

Photo #14 Caption: In this composite, we see two women as they head for breakfast and post. The woman on the left is lost, momentarily, in whatever it is that she’s listening to, while the woman on the right looks for something in a shoulder bag.

Photo #15 Caption: Here we see two people as they prepare for their day. The guy on the right wears a bicycle helmet as he pedals to post.

Photo #16 Caption: In this composite, we see a Sea Org member on the left. His name tag (in the picture bottom-right) reads: “PO2 Tom Woodruff,” “Field Staff Member In-Charge.” The picture on the top-right is a closeup of his Collar Bars.

Mr. Woodruff is the Field Staff Member (“FSM”) In-Charge (“I/C”) at one of these PAC Base orgs: the Los Angeles Organization (“LA Org”), the American Saint Hill Organization (“ASHO”), or the Advanced Organization of Los Angeles (“AOLA”).

Officers in the Sea Organization: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Mates; the Supercargo; Chief Engineer; Chief Officer; Captain; Commodore (L. Ron Hubbard) Everyone else is a petty officer, who are department heads. There are four types of petty officers: Chief Petty Officer and Petty Officer 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class.

Once a Petty Officer is qualified for bridge and dock duties, he can wear insignia on the right collar. If a SO member is not so qualified, he may wear insignia, but on the left collar or shoulder. Administrative personnel wear insignia on the left arm (collar or shoulder) only.

A SO member’s competence earns a rank and rating; the designation is naval. For example, “Commodore” is a rank; “Petty Officer” is a rating, and both are earned titles.

If his rating had been provisional (assigned and not yet earned), Mr. Woodruff’s title would have read as follows:

“2nd Class Petty Officer (P) Woodruff.”

If Mr. Woodruff had not yet completed his full hat checksheet, his title would have had a prefix added to it, such as:

“Acting 2nd Class Petty Officer.”

In Flag Order No. 1965 (“Etiquette at Meals,” May 11, 1969), Hubbard had to lay down the line and tell his officers, both senior and petty, how to act at mealtime. Per the Commodore, no orders or reprimands could be given during a person’s meal or at the table. Hubbard took his instructions one step further: no SO member can be imitated, mocked, scorned or teased at meals. To do otherwise meant a fine and a chit (an “Out-Etiquette Report”). The only exception to this rule: a real emergency (such as a fire).

While telling his crew not to spit at or kick each other, Hubbard gave an Officer or a leading Petty Officer the power to assign a condition (such as the “Condition of Doubt”) and assign punishment to any person under him. To do so required no approval or authority from one’s superior. Hubbard went on to state:

“Scientology now brings TOTAL Freedom, it must also have the power and authority to bring total discipline or it will not survive.” (Flag Order No. 348, “Discipline, Officer or Leading Petty Officer,” January 5, 1968).

In Hubbard’s world, with total freedom came total discipline.

Per Flag Order No. 1978, “The Code of a Petty Officer”:

  1. “Uphold command intention.
  2. “Follow exactly the rules of the Sea Org. Let there be no out-ethics among POs.
  3. “Always take command in a situation that needs urgent handling when there is no senior present.
  4. “Wear your Petty Officer uniform every day.
  5. “Insist on your rights as a senior rating.
  6. “Back up your seniors.
  7. “Take responsibility for your juniors.
  8. “Never invalidate your status or let it be invalidated. Hard work and nothing else won you your title. Be proud of it.
  9. “Increase your knowledge and skill in seamanship daily—a Petty Officer is an experienced sailor.”

If you’re enrolled on the Hubbard Qualified Scientologist Course (“HQS”) or above, you’re also a Field Staff Member. The FSM In-Charge is a post found in Department 15, the Dept. of Clearing. An FSM is to “help Ron contact, handle, salvage and bring understanding to individuals and thus the peoples of Earth.”

LRH instituted the FSM program to dissuade scientologists from setting up their own practices. Why? Because, LRH wrote, psychiatrists and new doctors did just that but with poor results. If allowed to do so, such practices would begin feeding off government subsidy; they would need huge sums of money to set up their practices; the success of those groups would only occur based on the number of new laws designed to monopolize such activities and offer protection. Additionally, establishing such a practice would take more than 700 years—time, LRH adds, scientology doesn’t have. In just the first paragraph of the first page in the “Field Auditors” section of Volume 6 of the Organizational Executive Course (“OED”), LRH overwhelms the reader from ever thinking about doing anything outside the walls of scientology.

An FSM enlightens a person about training and auditing; when that person “reaches” for a service, the FSM “selects” him, issuing an FSM Selection Slip. Such a slip must bear the place, hour and date of that selection. The original of the Selection Slip is given to the selectee. A second copy is kept by the FSM while the third and last copy goes to the Central Files of the FSM’s org.

Within a year, the FSM is entitled to ten-percent of what their selectee pays if and when the selectee buys training or auditing. Since the Selection Slip is on file, such a commission is paid instantaneously. This goes for the selectee’s first purchase only. If, however, that selectee does not return to the org, he can be selected by another FSM.

An FSM I/C treats those appointed as an FSM like salesmen. An FSM is used to promote scientology, and is coaxed into being definite and very forward. A good FSM is “bright-eyed and bushy tailed”; an FSM I/C’s field should be buzzing with activity.

Photo #17 Caption: In this calendar for April 2016, I’ve circled, in red, today’s blog, a previously unpublished blog, which took place between two blogs that I’ve previously posted. The blue arrows represent those blogs from April 20 and 25; they’re pointed at photos (edited down) that I posted at those blogs.


Sailing Into Port

Sailor, though the darkness gathers,
Though the cold waves surge and moan,
Trust thy bark to God’s great mercy,
Falter not, sail on, sail on.

Chorus.—Sailing into port, what matter,
Drooping sail or shattered mast?
Glory, glory fills the harbor,
There we’ll anchor safe at last.

Sailor, though with streamers flying
Yonder proud ship mounts the foam.
And with bands of music playing.
Gains the port and welcome home.

Sailor, though the lightning flashes,
Though thy sails be rent and torn.
Peace shall come on Hope’s bright pinions
And deliverance with the morn. [1]


All images (unless noted otherwise) © 2015—2017 Fred G. Haseney. All rights reserved.

Sources:

[1] Whittle, Daniel W. Memoirs of Philip P. Bliss. (New York, A. S. Barnes & Co., 1877).

Calendar courtesy Microsoft Outlook.

Important Links:

Something Can Be Done About It (Mike Rinder’s Blog).

Stop Scientology Disconnection.

The Underground Bunker (Tony Ortega on Scientology).

Loonapix Photo Editor (“Captured Beautiful Moment”).

#BewareTheDwarf

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